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Pomeranian Bichon X(15 Posts)
Anyone have one? I see one for adoption and he's a little furball, adorable!
Any traits of either breed I should watch out for, we have young kids, so want a dog that gets on well with kids.
We also want to be prepared for any questions we could be asked at the homecheck!
Sounds gorgeous! No helpful advice on the breeds.
Any dog with the right socialisation will get on with kids. It depends on that particular dog's background.
In my experience Poms can be a little snappy, they don't realise they're small and fluffy, they're pretty sure they're Rottweiler sized.
Depending on what traits it inherits it will need regular grooming to make sure the hair doesn't get matted. And obviously smaller dog=smaller bladder
Treat it like a dog not a toy and you should have a well rounded family pet. Expect and train the same behaviour as you would from a great dane for example (so no jumping up, pulling on leads, bad manners with other dogs). Don't let being small and fluffy be an excuse.
Homecheck will ask where the dog can go to get away from the children - will he have a crate or bed or area that he can retreat to?
What will your routine be in terms of toileting and walking?
How long will you be leaving the dog alone?
Have you thought about insurance?
My 2 least favourite dog breeds. It would be a yappy wee dog which never gets house trained.
I have bichon and they are great with kids and good family pets.
I would say the main things to watch is grooming effort and costs which is significant.
Mine very friendly and not yappy.
That sounds like the coat combination from Hell!
I have a bichon she's a lovely happy go lucky thing, absolutely loves people not so sure of other dogs not snappy just be overwhelmed (sure she thinks she is a person) a total lovable diva
She does need her coat cutting regularly (6-8 weeks) needs trims in between (bouffant often falls over her eyes)
she was difficult to house train and we still have the odd accident now at 7 years old and when it rains you have to really watch her as she'll try and not go out. House training is a defo a breed thing though - I had a husky and she was pretty reliable after having her about four / six weeks
My gran had a Pom and he was beautiful but a grumpy and snappy - defo a one person dog.
I think if you get the best of the breeds traits and know that the coat will likely be a lifetime commitment you'll be fine - I'd personally just buy a bichon (but I'm biased)
I have a bichon spaniel x and she was hard to housetrain, apparantly bichons are the worst dog. But she's fine now and if this dog is older I'm assuming that would be sorted.
I have a bichon... Agree with the above comments re grooming... At least every 3 months at a cost of £40. Mine is also prone to ear infections which I am told is a bichon thing... This costs me around £80 for steroids and drops a 2-3 times a year.
He also a offers extreme separation anxiety (another bichon trait) if left for just half an hour he will pee on my floor 🙈 costs me a fortune in dog sitters/walkers and carpets over the years!
On the plus side... Amazing with kids and incredibly loyal and loving!
I have never met a friendly pomeranian tbh. They are all yappy, snappy dogs. Not my thing at all.
The bichon part will need lots of grooming, at a cost.
By the sounds of it we may have found the reason this dog was signed over to rescue...
We have a Pomeranian. He was given to us at 10 months as apparently he was chasing livestock. What his ex owners failed to mention was his snappy, yappy nature. Only family are permitted to stroke him, though he will beg from visitors in a most appealing manner, but if they try to pet him they are bitten, and he has drawn blood on occasion.
We lock him in his cage if child visitors come, and warn everyone about his evil nature, but because he is soooo cute looking some don’t believe us.
He is very much dd3’s dog, and when she comes home from uni he spends half-an-hour on her knee telling her off, and wobetide her if she tries to move before he’s finished talking to her.
He’s a great character and we do love him, but I’d never have another Pomeranian.
Hmm plenty to think about, thanks everyone. The puppy is about 10/11 weeks and currently with a foster family. I'd really hoped we'd found the one!
My pom is not yappy or snappy and is friendly and housetrained. It’s not a given they’ll have horrible temperaments, hate everyone other than “their” person and pee everywhere, but you do have to work on socialisation with them and understand they have small bladders and need taking out for a pee often.
They’re very intelligent dogs and are experts at manipulating their owners given half a chance. Absolutely yes to the pp who said treat them like dogs, I get really annoyed at people dismissing my dog as a handbag dog, she’s never been in a handbag in her life. She runs, plays, gets muddy and sniffs around the woods like any other dog.
Poms aren’t advised to have with small children because the dogs are quite fragile. Their legs are easily broken if they’re dropped or jump from heights, even a jump from a sofa can cause a broken leg. They’re susceptible to being crushed, put bluntly a child falling onto a Pom could kill the dog. My DD was 9 when we got our pom, I honestly wouldn’t have one with a child any younger.